An American winning a professional '6 Days' is quite something, but a US team to win the '6 Days' of Moscow is stunning. Ryan Oelkers and Marty Nothstein did just that in 2002. Ed Hood spoke to Ryan about his historic win and his track career.
Every winter since 2018 our man in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, has interviewed Andrea Pasqualon at the Intermarché, or Wanty–Gobert as it was then, training camp in Albir on the Costa Blanca. Due to Covid there was no interview in the winter of 2020/21... two years on and we catch up with Andrea.
British ex-pro Jim Moore who emigrated to Canada in 1974; he enjoyed a long and varied career - from amateur road and track man in the UK to ‘independent’ in France, representing GB in the 1964 Tour de l’Avenir, a ride in the Skol Six Day, a successful pro career in the UK before crossing the Atlantic.
The 80's were a great time to be in cycle sport. There were all the 'Big Guns' in Europe, but also the US scene was packed with riders and top races all over the country. There were many women's teams and the name Carol Addy appeared regularly - Ed Hood caught up to talk old times and kettlebells.
Roberto Visentini was a top rider, a classy rider and they say a playboy and he was a hero in Italy with a big palmarès. But many in the English speaking world know him from the Roche Giro of '87. Ed Hood had a long talk to Roberto about his life, on and off the bike and 'that' Giro d'Italia.
Mark Bell was a British road champion as an amateur and a professional, plus he had an uncountable amount of wins, but there could have been much more in his shortened career. Mark was also taken from us too early at only 48 years of age. Ed Hood spoke to his brother, Tony Bell, to hear more about Mark's life.